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Fall season rewarding for Moreau
DIXFIELD -- It certainly wasn’t Chris Moreau’s first trip around the block. However, the recently completed fall season was his initial one as the athletic director at Dirigo High School and it proved to be extremely rewarding.
“It went better than expected,” said Moreau. “The community has been so welcoming and I have been blessed with some great student athletes to work with.”
Fortunately for Moreau, he had been the athletic director at Lisbon last year. This provided the Jay resident with first hand knowledge of the Mountain Valley Conference and the inner workings, proved to be a tremendous advantage.
“Yes, having already established relationships with our league and around the state does allow for a little less confusion and stress,” said Moreau. “There’s inherent differences between the schools in protocols, etc. But at least having a strong network of friends and colleagues helps.”
There were several highlights that occurred throughout the fall that made for some interesting moments. It included the girls' soccer team which had an amazing season, earning a berth in the MVC championship game, being ranked No. 1 and hosting a semifinal playoff game. The boys' soccer team had some unbelievably tough wins, enroute to double-digit victories for the third straight year.
Football traditionally produces a great atmosphere, Field hockey is moving in the right direction under Coach Gretchen Errington's leadership, and cross country made inroads on the regional and state levels.
“It was a great fall season,” said Moreau. “If I had one highlight -- lighting up Harlow Park for our first co-curricular activity would be at the top of the list.”
On x-c states, the girls finished fifth, best finish ever and Natalie Bolduc placed fifth. A lot of credit goes to Gunnar Bradbury for bringing the boys' and girls' programs. The unpaid volunteer is trying to build a program using the other teams athletes, without a lot of stand alone runners. This isn’t easy, but it shows his passion and love for the sport of cross country.
Moreau’s only major issues dealt with attending a conference in Chicago last month. The assistant principal found missing the Cougars' students activities, three playoff contests without being able to attend was quite tough, but duty calls!